Blue Knight by Tracey Cooper-Posey
Series: Guns 'n' Lovers #3
Also in this series: Blue Knight
Published by Ellora's Cave
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
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Caught in the insurrection and held hostage in what was once a luxury hotel, members of a U. N. delegation are being systematically interrogated and, in some cases, tortured. The leader of the revolution is slowly coming apart at the seams and he is looking to force the United States to give his revolutionary government political standing in exchange for the lives of the hostages. However, he is not sure which persons in the delegation are American.
Olivia is a woman who has great diplomatic experience. In fact she is one of the most experienced in the delegation. Yet she recognizes that British businessman, Daniel Castle, really doesn’t “see” her. He has slept with nearly every female in the group except her. Apart from the insult of being “invisible” as a person, she is curiously irritated that he has never seen her as a woman. However, after he climbs in her window one night, stark naked, they both become aware of one another.
While this is the third book in the series, it is a stand-alone novel that brings the main characters from the first two books into play and they are significant players in this book’s cast.
Daniel is a shadowy character. He needs to stay on the outside boundaries of the group and there are several occasions where his identity and the hard attention of the revolutionary leadership collide — almost. On a couple of occasions Olivia puts herself in dire straits in order to deflect the attention of the soldiers and their leadership. As the story progresses the reader begins to understand that this is an extraordinary lady with deep wells of strength and perseverance. She will “be there” for each and every one of these people in her delegation and especially as her attachment and involvement with Daniel grows, she knows that she will do whatever it takes to protect him.
This is a very tense and meaty novel–with the love story being central to the book. The relationships which began in the first two books also progress. So there is plenty in this novel for romance fans to like. But it is also made very intense because of the context of the novel and the danger in which these lovers constantly find themselves.
This is a very well-written novel. However, I have to admit that it was slow starting for me–switching back and forth from the hostages to the strategizing of the ousted government was not easy for me at first. Yet it all came together ultimately and it was a very good read. Cooper-Posey is a writer of note and has lots of successes under her literary belt. She has kept the tension and energy alive in this third novel and that is not easy to do. I had the feeling that this book was every bit as compelling as any by Robert Ludlum or James Patterson. Others may not agree, but for me it kept me on the edge of my chair from page one. I give this novel a rating of 4 out of 5.
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